Global Fund launches largest malaria prevention campaign of 2013

The Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced Friday that it will supply over 15.5 million long-lasting, insecticide-treated nets to Uganda in the largest malaria prevention initiative this year.

"Malaria is common in over 95 percent of the population in the country," Minister of State of Uganda Hon. Sarah Opendi said. "Uganda has the world's highest malaria incidence, and the disease is the leading cause of sickness and death in Uganda. Through Uganda's Universal Coverage Campaign we will be able to distribute one net every two people to be able to reduce malaria incidence in the country. We thank the Global Fund, the U.S., DFID and World Vision for supporting the distribution of 21 million nets."

There are some 300-500 million people annually infected with malaria worldwide. The Ministry of Health's National Malaria Control Program is striving to decrease malaria-related deaths by 70 percent by December of 2015.

At least 85 percent of the at-risk population must be given access to malaria prevention and treatment methods in order for the NMCP to be a success. These treatments include insecticide-treated nets, indoor residual spraying and preventative methods like immunizations. The populations at the highest risk are women and children.

"It is great to participate in the launch of this important campaign," Mark Eldon-Edington, head of the Grant Management Division at the Global Fund said. "This campaign will allow Uganda to reach the ambitious goal of decreasing malaria-related deaths. Our partnership, strong results, and effective stewardship of the resources, will provide the confidence to donors and recipients to continue to support the Global Fund in this replenishment year."